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Lion head rabbit, one of the many varieties of dwarf rabbit but not just any one. The Lion head rabbit sports a particularly thick soft hair around the head to create one lion's mane. This is thanks to the crosses that hide behind its birth: those between an Angora rabbit, from which the thick coat derives, and the dwarf rabbit, responsible for the minimum size of the animal. A lion head rabbit in fact, it can weigh up to 1.8 kg. Mane included, ears, always very straight, understood.
Lion head rabbit: characteristics
Very docile and particularly affectionate, the lion head rabbit it is an appreciated and desired pet also because it is very beautiful and characteristic. It affects its appearance and induces tenderness and pampering. However, he is affectionate with his master only once he has passed an initial phase of adaptation in which he is more cold and suspicious.
The master, by the way, for the lion head rabbit he is one and only one, the pack leader, the others are worth and will have his attention but as "simple" companions. As is known, and it is not just a way of saying, these animals reproduce with extreme ease and frequency, the peculiarity of the lion head rabbit lies in the fact that he can have a maximum of three or four children at a time, his "colleague" of normal size instead, goes far beyond. The female is ready to mate after 7 months, the male even a month before, the pregnancy lasts a month, approximately, the young in six months are usually weaned.
At any age, however, the lion head rabbit despite the lion's mane, he has the typical mania of the rodent: he loves to gnaw. On the one hand he does it for pleasure, but to be fair it must be explained that his is also a necessity. The incisors of this animal are constantly growing and, gnawing here and there throughout your home, the lion head rabbit manages to consume them. He gets by like this but it is good for us masters, pack leaders or companions, it is better that we keep an eye on these teeth to avoid the onset of abscesses or infections.
Lion's head rabbit: tips
If he gnaws at everything, as we have just said, let's not let him roam too free around the house, unattended. It could cause damage to furniture and various objects but also run into danger by gnawing electrical wires or putting something poisonous in your mouth.
Being of very robust health, the lion head rabbit he can live peacefully both indoors and outdoors, even in winter, just respect his fearful nature. Let's not force him to get close to us or to stay in environments he doesn't know, necessarily. Better to leave it free to get to know the territory with its times.
To bring ours closer lion head rabbit Then there is a strategy that is most often successful: lie down on the ground, wait for him to approach and then reward him at each approach. By doing so with perseverance and patience, good results are obtained. Let's not compromise everything by taking it by the ears: they are very sensitive parts and, not sweating, he uses them for the thermoregulation.
The teeth are also very important for this animal and not just for food: there is a whole specific language with which it emits sounds with the help of its incisors to communicate moods. When it beats its teeth it wants to convey complete relaxation, the analogue of the cat's purr, while if it grinds its teeth it is a clear indication of discomfort. Emitting puffs and puffs, the lion head rabbit signals a certain nervousness which can be followed by aggressive attitudes. If, on the other hand, it is frightened it beats its hind legs on the ground but also knows gestures of affection such as patting with the muzzle on the hand or some not too wet licking.
One of the most important tips, though, when you have or want one lion head rabbit is: let's not leave him alone. It is necessary to dedicate time to him: he is not a cage animal, when he sees us he wants to be with us and even when he does not see us, he wants it all the same. In a cage he becomes unhappy, fat, always nervous and there is also the risk of annoying dental problems, not to mention the attempts to escape by gnawing the temples with the teeth: wounds, damage, confusion. And anger, both of the lion-headed rabbit and ours.
Dwarf lion head rabbit
Being a variety of dwarf rabbits, the lion head rabbit it has the minimum size of an animal, the desired size and also the disposition to be a perfect pet. Even for a child, but you have to explain well, of course, to the child how to behave.
The lion head rabbit, although beautiful and soft, although dwarf, it is not a toy. Indeed, its bone structure, also due to its size, is very delicate and must therefore be treated very delicately to avoid any fractures. For example, and it applies to everyone, not just children, when we pick him up, it is better to put one hand under the armpits and one under the hind legs, precisely because thebone is very fragile.
If we have other animals in the house, so small the lion head rabbit it does not have much ease of intercourse. In the specific case of the dog, it often takes it as prey so better to avoid. If it is not a hunting dog and coexistence is really necessary, you can try but very gradually and never leave them alone. With the cat it is a little easier but also in this case the danger that the rabbit is seen as prey exists.
White lion head rabbit
The lion head rabbit exists in various colors, although the typical one is golden cream. The white one is not common, it is found, and it is very appreciated. It is actually very beautiful, especially if it is pure white, without stains. There are also some with blue eyes. I do not exclude that a little success, in this case, the lion head rabbit owe it to the mythical White Rabbit. I am a big fan of it, it is one of the most developed and fun characters in Alice in Wonderland and you cannot help but have, if not a white lion head rabbit, at least one gadget that depicts him. I have chosen one smartphone cover, soft like our friend.
Lion head rabbit price
A lion head rabbit ready for us, post weaning, it has a price that generally varies from 20 to 30 euros. The most frequent and easy to find are the cream-colored ones, it may be that if we ask for a more rare and sought-after color, the price will rise.
Then we become owners of an animal that can live with one Proper nutrition and vaccinations, even beyond 10 years. If we follow a breeding, it is good to know that once the babies are born, weaning lasts about thirty days, of which the first fifteen days are "on mother's milk" while then the baby lion head rabbit can taste more and more hay, grass, fresh vegetables and pellets. After thirty days he is completely weaned but obviously remains herbivore.
Its diet is based on fresh grass and good quality hay, also to avoid problems with teeth and gastrointestinal problems, obesity and stones. If we do not want to seriously damage the health of the lion head rabbit do not give them carbohydrates: bread, biscuits, sweets, snacks, pasta, cereals are absolutely to be avoided. Chocolate is also prohibited.
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